Domestic violence case hurts Hernandez
LOS ANGELES — Termed-out State Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, a West Covina Democrat, has qualified to run for Congress on the November ballot, but a host of personal issues including a domestic violence restraining order could make it difficult for his future as a politician.
On Friday, a Superior Court judge granted a restraining order to Hernandez’s ex-wife Susan Rubio, a Baldwin Park City Councilwoman who claimed Hernandez abused her several times during the course of their short-lived marriage. According to the Los Angeles Times, Judge Shelly Kauffman found Rubio’s claims to be credible.
Hernandez denied the domestic violence allegations, calling them “politically motivated” and “strategically timed.”
The Friday ruling has already cost Hernandez. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) stripped the onetime Democratic whip of his Assembly committee assignments.
“Hernández has problems in his personal life that need to be addressed, and he should focus on resolving them,” Rendon said in a prepared statement. “Domestic abuse is deplorable.”
Hernandez chaired the Labor and Employment Committee and served on the Appropriations and governmental organizations committee, all three posts are considered “juice” assignments that generate large amounts of campaign money. Much of those dollars will now be beyond Hernandez’s grasp. Coupled with the restraining order and a history of run-ins with the law, the change in Hernandez’s status could make fundraising difficult.
The move will make Hernandez’s run for Congress against his former boss incumbent Grace Napolitano difficult, experts who studied the domestic violence case said. Napolitano, of Norwalk, who had a stroke earlier this year, has represented the region for several years. She served in the state legislature prior to becoming a congresswoman.
The 32nd Congressional District includes the communities of El Monte, Monterey Park, West Covina, Covina, Baldwin Park, Industry, San Dimas. Glendora, Azusa, La Puente, La Verne and portions of unincorporated Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte.